Upton

Settled in 1728, Incorporated in 1735

  • Home to Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin
  • The Grafton & Upton Railroad began in 1873 and still operates today.
  • Knowlton Hat Factory was considered the largest hat industry in the world
  • By 1873, Upton’s factories were producing 21.7% of all boots manufactured in Worcester County

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